State Minister for Privatisation and Investment Evelyn Anite has claimed that mafias are plotting to kill her the same way they got rid of former Arua Municipality legislator Ibrahim Abiriga.
Addressing a news conference on Monday at the Ministry of Finance headquarters in Kampala, Anite said the mafias have been meeting in Kampala to plan the assassination over her role in revamping the struggling Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).
Anite recently triumphed when the High Court in Kampala ordered for an audit into the struggling telecoms firm within 30 days as she had requested.
“These mafias are not jokers. Go and ask Abiriga. I will die while shouting that the mafias are coming until they take me down. They follow me and they are tapping my phone. You know the mafias, those who have been trying to block the audit,” the minister told journalists.
Last week, a whistleblower petitioned the Inspector General of Government (IGG) asking for investigations into an alleged secret booking from US via France to Mauritius by Anite to meet investors who want to take over UTL.
Anite, however, said the whistleblower petition was the hand of the mafias baying for her blood but noted they will not manage her.
On the alleged trip to Mauritius, Minister said she has no travel ban against her.
“They will fight those who stand up for the truth. I traveled to pursue my academics and news back home was that I had fled the country. I am writing to the IGG to invite her to investigate me on how I am doing my job. I want to make it clear, I have no travel ban against me. I am the minister for privatization and my mandate is to bring in foreign investors.”
Who is Anite?
Evelyn Anite Kajik, is a journalist by profession. She is the State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016.
President Yoweri Museveni is so fond of Anite and he usually refers to her as his daughter. Previously, she served as State Minister for Youth and Children. She was appointed to that position on 1 March 2015, replacing Ronald Kibuule, who was appointed State Minister for Water Resources.
She also serves as the elected Member of Parliament representing the Youth from Northern Uganda, a position she has occupied since 2011.
Anite was born on 11 November 1984, in Adakado Village, Koboko District, to Steven Dravu, a civil servant, and Sarah Wokoru Dravu, a businesswoman.
She attended Arua Hill Primary School for her elementary school education before joining Saint Mary’s Ediofe Secondary School for her O-Level studies. She transferred to Muni Girls’ Secondary School, for her A-Level education. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, awarded by Uganda Christian University in 2008.
Right out of high school in 2005, Anite started working as a radio presenter on a radio station in Arua, continuing in that capacity intermittently until 2007. Beginning in 2006 and continuing until 2010, she worked as a radio presenter at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation in Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.
From 2008 until 2010, she worked at the Uganda Media Centre as the Public Affairs Assistant for International Relations. In 2011, she contested for the parliamentary seat of Youth Representative for Northern Uganda. She beat nine other candidates to win the seat.
Anite is married to Allan Kajik and together, they have one daughter.